Beware It's a Jungle Out There!!!

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

If you're new to Flower Mound, TX or other cities in North Dallas, Texas beware - it's a Jungle out there. Green means growing and Virginia Creeper is a Native Plant (lower left corner). The Botanical Name for this perennial is Parthenocissus. They are an annoying vine that grows in Summer and spreads like poison ivy and their leaves turn red in autumn. They will creep on the vine and hide around trees and bushes. They make great covers for snakes and birds alike. Birds will fly - snakes love to hide. Although they are not considered poisonous the sap on leaves can irritate highly sensitive skin. If you come in contact with it, don't rub your eyes with this invasive plant. 

 

Virginia Creeper mingles well with Poison Ivy which is also very common and they look similar but there is a difference. Leaves of three Poison Ivy; leaves of five Creeper.  

 

About midway on the left a Geiko Lizard looks on. It's eyes are bright blue. They are an interesting creature and causes no harm. Sometimes, if you're lucky you'll see them breathe as a sack (color red) suddenly puffs out under the mouth. Geikos are friends to homeowners because they eat bugs. Their proper name is insectivorous and omnivorous. It's best to leave them alone because like snakes, they may carry bacteria. 

 

Another lizard very common all over Texas is the Spiny Lizard. They are harmless but I wouldn't attempt to try to capture one to find out what may happen. I see them frequently on trees or climbing bricks and/or outside walls. What I love best to observe in my garden are dragonflies. Here's a photo I took in the fall of 2017. We get a lot of different colored dragonflies and they are very intriguing. 

 

 

Believe it or not, some snakes are good and very beneficial for you (not to eat, of course) but they mind their manners and live in harmony with nature. The good snakes may include rough green snake, hognose, Texas brown snake, black racer, garter, and kings snake (just to mention a few). The snakes you don't want to mess with in Texas include: coral snakes, copperheads, water moccasins, and yes! Rattlesnakes. Luckily for me, in 24 years I never saw a snake and the closest I got to thinking I was surrounded by snakes was shortly after I first moved from the Midwest to Texas. I spent my first year in an apartment that had automatic sprinklers come on during the middle of the night. I sat on my bed armed and ready only to discover it was just the irrigation system. 

 

The other thing to beware of are temperatures. The weather can be hot in summer. Right now at 9:00 a.m. it's a pleasant 84 degrees. Temps are expected to reach a high 94 with lower temperatures by nightfall dropping down to a cool 76. For the remainder of the week we can expect a steady 96 degrees give or take a few degrees. 

 

In sum, it may seem like a jungle out there, but nearly everyone has air conditioning in their homes, cars, stores, and indoor places open to the public. If you like the color green and want to live in harmony with nature, I would love to be your REALTOR® and if you ask me what bugs me or what I love best about Texas, I will be honest. 

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                                         Patricia (Peace without Panic) Feager (Faith without Fear)
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Comments (24)

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Patricia.  You have successfully warned me away from the 'Creepers'.  Make it a great Sunday.  Mark

Jun 13, 2021 09:52 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint  - I believe in education! You were forewarned and now you know. Mission accomplished! As long as creepers or creeping things don't come indoors, I can live with that! 

 

I hope your day is absolutely wonderful!!!

Jun 13, 2021 10:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Patricia, Funny I just took a picture this morning of our flower beds and they turn into a jungle to fast and with the problem with my ankle and leg, not walking much and doing the weeding.

 

 

Jun 13, 2021 10:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Patricia,

What a great post, a serious read for anyone wanting to move to DFW.  I knew about beneficial snakes thanks to living in the country both here and in Napa and my cats who would bring them home.  We would stick those trophies still alive in a garbage can and take them to a deserted tract and release them...LOL A

Jun 13, 2021 10:46 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Will Hamm - I feel your pain. Really! Truly! I feel your pain and understand. I hope you heal soon. I had surgery this past Thursday. 

 

We had so much rain! The lakes are full and it didn't take long for gardens to become a jungle. Today, is the first time in a long time I didn't wake up to thunder and lightening or weather alerts. The sun shines and it is a beautiful day. May your garden grow gently and with graceful beauty. 

Jun 13, 2021 10:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I really enjoyed reading your comment. Cats are great hunters! They never seize to amaze me. There are great things about urban style and country living. When we learn to adapt to the environment and appreciate what nature has to offer, we become better inhabitants on earth. 

 

Happy Sunday to you!

Jun 13, 2021 10:59 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia when I read the title the first thing that came to my mind was the opening song to one of my favorite shows "Munk", and now I can't get the song out of my head ...... LOL

Jun 13, 2021 01:31 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hello George Souto - Although I never saw "Munk," I am glad to hear it triggered a good song/memory for you of one of your "favorite shows." Today, tomorrow, and always I wish you wonderful days and good memories. Blessings to you now and always. 

Jun 13, 2021 03:24 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Of course, you would be honest, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

You are getting some heat there too. We are heading into triple-digit heat this week. We have many homes without AC in my area. I do not know how folks manage without it. 

I have many friends in various places in Texas.  And of course, there is you! 

Jun 13, 2021 05:20 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia as a City Boy going into the Infantry I learned the hard way about poison ivy... some of my classmates were from the country and tried helping me:))Endre

Jun 13, 2021 11:08 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist - Being without AC is terrible! I don't know how the pioneers did it. I hope you and all your friends (regardless of state and/or location) make it through the high temperatures. It seems like people in CA are challenged by heat, wildfires, and state regulations often. Now is the time to have plenty of fresh water on hand. Be safe, Kathleen! I'm thinking of you and wishing the best for the residence of CA.

Jun 14, 2021 01:18 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. - One of the first things I came into contact with after moving to TX was Poison Ivy. It's one of those things you never get used to. As for me, I never found a cure. Fire ants is another thing that attacks humans and it's miserable! Being hot, sweaty, and itchy is a curse. Staying cool under pressure takes guts and courage! Thank you again, for your services to our Country. Be safe!

Jun 14, 2021 01:26 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... loved the title and loved the post. As for snakes... no way, no how! They are one thing I'm deathly afraid of... can't even look at pictures of snakes.

Jun 14, 2021 05:07 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't like the sound of poison ivy and truth be told I wouldn't likely even recognize it if I came upon it.  For that reason, I have made a habit of not touching plants for fear that I get something from them, haha.

Jun 14, 2021 05:56 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - Thankfully, I never encoutered a snake in TX yet. I'm not fond of them or eager to meet up with one either. If I did, you just might hear me scream all the way to Charlotte, NC! On a positive note, it delights me to know you loved the title and the post. I'm thinking I struck a nerve? LOL!

Jun 14, 2021 06:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Brian England - You crack me up! For what it's worth, I would check with AZ Parks & Wildlife on what creeps around in the desert and which plants you need to watch out for. Back in the 90s I took a trip to AZ and did a lot of hiking, including the Grand Canyon. You'd be surprised what lurks below! Or hangs on cliffs above.... Take care when hiking and wear protective clothes when hiking. But, don't worry, I survived and you will too!

Jun 14, 2021 06:30 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for this lesson.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Jun 15, 2021 06:34 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - I'm glad you enjoyed it! Wishing you happiness and the clean breath of life everyday!

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